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10.14.2015

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes 'Committed' & 'Honest' Swatches And Review | KMC Beauty


The Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks by The Balm are my second ever purchase from the company, I already have the Mary Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder which I adore and a lot like the highlighter these liquid lipsticks were being heavily raved about on social media. Although The Balm Cosmetics is easily available in the UK the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks are only available through Debenhams. When I first tried to purchase them 'Committed' was out of stock as it is currently (14/10/15) but I kept checking back and managed to bag myself the two shades I wanted when they had re-stocked.

I guess starting with the obvious, the packaging. I'm not a lover of The Balm's packaging to be honest, I know they go for the whole retro look but I am more of a modern, simplistic packaging lover, I find The Balm's packaging a little busy. Basic twist off cap with a dofus applicator, 7.4ml of product to be going on with, definitely won't run out in a hurry.
'Honest' is definitely a warm coral shade and 'Committed' is more of a mauve, pinky nude.
Both lipsticks provide an opaque colour and a completely matte finish, when on the lips even when totally dry if you put your lips together you do get that slight 'peeling away' effect where your lips feel like they are slightly stuck together but it's not overbearing I personally found that the L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Glosses were a lot worse than this. Also while wearing these lipsticks my lips did not feel dried out as you can get from some matte formulas.
I tested both shades out on separate days to what I feel was their maximum capacity, I wore 'Committed' for an eight hour shift at work and 'Honest' for an all day shopping trip to the Trafford Centre in Manchester so it's safe to say their longevity has been tested to the highest level. After only four hours of wear the product had started to wear from the centre of my lips, I had not eaten during this time, however I had drank. I honestly expect a longer wear time from a matte liquid lipstick, I have satin lipsticks that I have worn longer than that before seeing any change. As the lipsticks wore away it was quite subtle, they didn't look obviously patchy and they didn't flake off or crack on the lips I guess it was more of an ombre effect, bare in mind that the two shades I have against my skin tone look a lot less obvious but some of the darker shades may be a lot more noticeable if they wear away to the same effect. Maybe it was just me but The Balm do claim that their Liquid Lipsticks are "Long-Lasting" so to only get four hours I was a little disappointed but I have read some other reviews that state a different wear time, for me personally they didn't last as long as I would of hoped.


Priced at £13.50 each the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks are definitely not in the bracket of drugstore pricing, nor are they high end just somewhere in-between and quite often on Debenhams they have 10% off beauty at selected times of the year when you can save yourself a little bit extra.


10.07.2015

Battle Of The Micellar Water - Soap & Glory v Garnier | KMC Beauty


I've been MIA, not for the first time. It really frustrates me that I can't put 100% into my blog right now I have loads of content in my head that I just need to type into a post but haven't had the opportunity.
First up on my agenda was micellar water, a relatively new product in the skincare community, micellar water's have only really started getting popular this year, or at least I have only noticed them becoming popular this year. There are lots of different brands who offer micellar water in their skin care ranges now, the first brand I ever came across that started doing it was Bioderma but for me personally I thought it was over priced so I bought the Garnier one instead which from what I had read was very comparable. Last month I picked up a new micellar water by Soap & Glory and thought I would compare it with the Garnier one.


When it comes to micellar water, I personally don't feel that your skin feels the difference in terms of looking healthier, after all it's only to remove make-up or in my case make-up residue as I only use micellar water to remove what I didn't get when I deep cleanse in the shower.
Starting with the Garnier, a little goes a very long way, I like to squeeze a little bit onto a cotton round and get rid of any left over foundation or mascara from my under eyes, the water itself is a bit, foamy.. It kind of bubbles up on the cotton round which I don't particularly like but I can get over it as it does effectively remove any bits of make-up I left behind after showering. It also says you can use the Garnier Micellar Water on your lips, wouldn't advise it, tastes awful!
Onto the Soap & Glory, to be fair the poor thing is already off to a poor start because I unknowingly purchased without being aware that it had cucumber extract in it, which is up there with my least favourite scents of all time, so thats one mark against this product already. However, the juice and peachfruit extracts make it a little less potent but overall I would say the cucumber comes through the most. This water is suitable for all skin types and removes my make-up just as well as the Garnier and doesn't foam up which I like, the bottle is also easier to squirt out onto a cotton pad too it's more direct the Garnier one, that tends to run down the bottle when pouring it out and you end up with it on your hands. The first day after I used the Soap & Glory DRAMA CLEAN 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water I had a really sore spot on my cheek, I am not someone who gets spots very often but this one was painful, I am not saying it was down to the Soap & Glory Micellar Water but it could of been a factor.

Cost:
Probably the most important factor I check out before buying any product, I am not one for over priced skincare unless it is absolutely out of this world, notice the difference, can't live without it kind of product.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml - £4.99
Soap and Glory DRAMA CLEAN 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water 350ml - £6.00
If your looking for the cheapest option, Garnier is your guy, or your girl.. However Boots more often than not offer 3 for 2 on skincare, normally I would never of paid £6.00 for a glorified water in a bottle with a bit of added stuff but it was actually in with two other skincare items I bought recently on the 3 for 2 offer so I got it for free technically.

So if your looking for a cost friendly, effective, non-smelly micellar water I would recommend the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Don't get me wrong, I will continue to use up the Soap & Glory Micellar Water as I am not one for waste but for the incredible price point and effectiveness I will continue to re-purchase the Garnier option. Unfortunately the Soap & Glory lost out on this occasion but I love plenty of other products by them, my number 1 product in their skincare range is the Flake Away Body Scrub if you have sensitive skin this product probably isn't for you but if you are in the market for a highly abrasive scrub to remove any unwanted dead skin that scrub is amazing.